Benefice of Harston, Hauxton and Newton

  • The Vicarage
  • Church Street
  • Harston
  • Cambs
  • CB22 7NP

01223 873284

God of compassion,
you hear the cries of all who are in trouble or distress;
accept our prayers for those whose lives are affected by storms and flooding:
strengthen them in their hour of need,
grant them perseverance and courage to face the future
and be to them a firm foundation on which to build their lives;
this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

[Church of England website, Topical Prayers] 

Loving Lord,

I am not brave enough to make great sacrifices, or even bold gestures.
Teach me to be faithful in little things, in small but frequent kindnesses, 
so that your love might increase within me,
might grow with such compound interest that, brave or not, 
my fund of love might spill out and be shared with my sisters and brothers 
who live next door, in the next street, or on the other side of the world;
for your love’s sake,


(Frank Topping, 2001)

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
from St Patrick’s Breastplate  [Common Worship]

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit,
That my thoughts may all be holy;
Act in me, O Holy Spirit,
That my works, too, may be holy;
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit,
That I love but what is holy;
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit,
To defend all  that is holy;
Guard me then, O Holy Spirit,
That I always may be holy.

 [Augustine of Hippo]

 A Prayer from Africa

Creator God, give us a heart for simple things:
love and laughter, bread and wine, tales and dreams.
Fill our lives with green and growing hope;
make us a people of justice
whose song is Alleluia
and whose name breathes love.


An Easter Prayer


Risen Christ, for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred:

 open the doors of our hearts, that we may seek the good of others

 and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace, to the praise of God the Father. Amen.



The Easter Anthems


Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us:

so let us celebrate the feast, not with the old leaven of corruption and wickedness:

but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

[1 Corinthians 5.7b, 8]


Christ once raised from the dead dies no more:

death has no more dominion over him.

 In dying he died to sin once for all:

in living he lives to God.

See yourselves therefore as dead to sin:

and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. [Romans 6.9-11]


Christ has been raised from the dead:

the first fruits of those who sleep.

 For as by man came death:

by man has come also the resurrection of the dead;  for as in Adam all die:

even so in Christ shall all be made alive. [1 Corinthians 15.20-22]


Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.


[Both from the Church of England‘s Common Worship

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
whose years never fail
and whose mercies are new each returning day:
let the radiance of your Spirit renew our lives,
warming our hearts and giving light to our minds;
that we may pass the coming year
in joyful obedience and firm faith;
through him who is the beginning and the end,
your Son, Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
[Church of England Prayers]

To us a child is born, to us a son is given;
let us pray for the people he came to save.

Wonderful Counsellor,
you order all things with your wisdom:
help the Church to reveal the mystery of your love
and fill her with the Spirit of truth

Mighty God,
the government is on your shoulders:
guide the leaders of the nations
and bring in your kingdom of justice and righteousness.

Everlasting Father,
you call us to live together in unity:
protect by your mercy all your children,
bless our families and renew our communities.

Prince of Peace,
you bring reconciliation through the cross:
by your healing power give to all who suffer
your gift of wholeness and peace.

[Church of England Intercessions]

Almighty God,

give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen

 (The Advent Collect in the Church of England

Almighty God, as your blessed Son Jesus Christ first came to seek and to save the lost; so may he come again to find in us the completion of his redeeming work; for he is now alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.

 (Church of England Common Worship)

Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son came not to be served but to serve: Bless all who, following in his steps, give themselves to the service of others; that with wisdom, patience, and courage, they may minister in his Name to the suffering, the friendless, and the needy; for the love of him who laid down his life for us, your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 (American Book of Common  Prayer)

Lord Jesus Christ, when you came among us, you proclaimed the kingdom of God in villages, towns, and lonely places. Grant that your presence may be known throughout this land.  Be with all of us who live and work in rural areas, especially in Harston, Hauxton and Newton; and grant that all the people of our nation may give thanks to you for food and drink and all other bodily necessities of life.  May we respect those who labour to produce them and distribute them fairly, and  may we honour the land and the water from which these good things come.  All this we ask in your holy Name. Amen.

 (Adapted from the American Book of Common Prayer 1979) 

Let us bring forward symbols of the harvest, gifts that God has created and his sun and rain have nurtured.
Thanks be to God.

Bring forward the harvest of the cornfields,
the oats and the wheat, the rye and the barley.
Thanks be to God.

Bring forward the harvest of roots,
the swedes and mangolds, turnips and sugar beet.
Thanks be to God.

Bring forward the harvest of seeds for next year’s crops,
for clover, for hay and for corn.
Thanks be to God.

Bring forward the harvest of vegetables,
peas, potatoes, beans and hops.
Thanks be to God.

Bring forward the harvest of pears and apples, berries and herbs.
Thanks be to God.

Bring forward the harvest of flowers,
the finest blooms from our gardens and our fields.
Thanks be to God.

Bring forward the grain and the grape,
for our Saviour took bread and wine
to feed us with his body and his blood,
given and shed for the life of the world.
Thanks be to God. 

(Church of England: Times and Seasons)

Make your ways known upon earth, Lord God,
your saving power among all peoples.
Renew your Church in holiness
and help us to serve you with joy.
Guide the leaders of all nations,
that justice may prevail throughout the world.
Let not the needy be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Make us instruments of your peace
and let your glory be over all the earth. Amen

 (Church of England Prayer for Peace in our world)